I Can’t/I AM

Featured | on July, 18, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

A Note On Comedy and Tragedy I’m not superstitious, but if the maxim that tragedies come in “threes” is true, I would be okay with it. Yesterday, for the third time in a week and a half, I got a phone call that someone close to me had passed away. As Terry Weber wrote about […]

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Big Musicals Build Community

Featured, MainStage Wing | on July, 12, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

Auditions are announced! Scores of talented people show up! Some are previously known by the creative team in charge of casting; some are fresh, new faces. Difficult decisions are made. The musical is cast! Actors join the team of directors, designers, crew, and musicians. A company is born. A “meet-n-greet” party occurs where old acquaintances […]

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Hey, WordPlayers! Why BIG RIVER?

Featured, MainStage Wing | on July, 06, 2016 | by | 1 Comments

By Terry Weber “How come The WordPlayers is producing BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN? Aren’t you guys a company of Christian theatre artists? Don’t you do plays that are culturally-relevant? Don’t you look at them from a faith-based perspective?” Well … there’s the part where Huck chafes against legalism… HUCK: It got pretty […]

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What Huck Finn and the Marx Brothers Have in Common

Featured, MainStage Wing | on June, 21, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

The WordPlayers Return to The Historic Bijou Theatre It wasn’t till 1908 that the place was turned into a Theatre. The Knoxville Sentinel, in 1908, called it “one of the best constructed and most conveniently arranged houses in the entire south”. It opened March 8 of that year to a sellout crowd.  “Little Johnny Jones,” […]

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More Faithful Than Intended

Featured, Touring Wing | on June, 07, 2016 | by | 1 Comments

Any list of the best American plays of the 20th Century is bound to include THE GLASS MENAGERIE, by Tennessee Williams. Since its Broadway premiere in 1945, it has been produced countless times by theatres at every level: professional, community, and educational. There are many reasons to love the play and for theatres to want […]

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Romance of the River

Featured, MainStage Wing | on May, 31, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

“The face of the water, in time, became a wonderful book–a book that was a dead language to the uneducated passenger, but which told its mind to me without reserve, delivering its most cherished secrets as clearly as if it uttered them with a voice. And it was not a book to be read once […]

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The Very Best in Free, Intimate Theatre

Featured, Touring Wing | on May, 26, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

Staged Readings That Move Our Community To be honest, I’m not very fond of reading plays. Plays are for viewing, experiencing; novels are for reading. It helps if I read it out loud, and try to imagine the different characters, but that can be awkward in coffee shops and airport terminals. I know, I’m a […]

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Featured, Touring Wing | on May, 10, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

A  New  Ancient  Tradition I couldn’t tell you what my favorite was, but I can tell you that the sliders went the fastest. From the brilliant sort of Asian casserole goodness, to the classic pimento cheese sandwiches, the simple-yet-profound thing about a potluck dinner is that everyone brings something to the table. It’s perfect. You […]

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The Greatest Story, The Best A-Flat, And Dreaming Over Chinese Food

Touring Wing | on April, 04, 2016 | by | 1 Comments

Remembering the tour of On A Hill Far Away When the Orchestra joined me on the first A-flat of the overture, it was like a dream realized and I started to tear up. I had not known what to expect. I had never seen the musical score that my beyond talented friend, Adam Whipple, had […]

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Featured, Touring Wing | on March, 07, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

It’s Not Just Black History Until I saw the look in his eyes, I wasn’t sure that what we were doing was worth while. What is so funny about three people on a stage stacking themselves on top of each other on a wooden block? Well, if you’re a middle schooler, everything. Why?  Because THEY […]

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